PROFESSIONAL, EFFICIENT SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste. In 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash, and recycled and composted about 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34 percent recycling rate. On the individual level, each person contributed 4.4 pounds of waste, and we recycled and composted an average 1.5 pounds per person per day.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages waste prevention, recycling, reuse, and composting in an effort to conserve resources, reduce energy use (as compared with manufacturing from ‘virgin’ materials), reduce water pollution (associated with landfills), and decrease air pollution associated with climate change.